My interest in CrossFit was inspired by my husband, Bill Russell. Together, we co-founded CrossFit Cleveland in the Spring of 2007. Not having been a previous athlete, I had much to learn. I originally got my Level 1 Training Certification in the Spring of 2008 and re-certified in the Spring of 2011. In addition, I am CrossFit Gymnastics certified, CrossFit Mobility certified, CrossFit Kids certified and in March 2013 earned the USAW Club Coach Level 1 Certification in Olympic Weightlifting. I am also trained and certified in CPR.
My background is in the court reporting profession. I formed Northeast Court Reporting, Inc. in 1996 and have owned and operated it ever since. I've been a hands-on owner since day one, and CrossFit has been no different.
Knowing the east side of Cleveland was in need of a CrossFit location, I co-founded Great Lakes CrossFit in November of 2010 with business partner Patrick Flannery.
I have been training and coaching CrossFit and am in the best shape of my life. I believe in the CrossFit methodologies and strive to help "ordinary" people, like myself, look and feel better, and gain confidence in themselves they didn't know was firstname.lastname@example.org
The recommendation of a Marine Recon officer and a traffic accident on I-90 were the happy combination that led me to Crossfit Cleveland of Lakewood in December of 2010. One free Saturday class was all it took to get me hooked. I’ve been wodding with Bill and Staci ever since, and I completed the Level 1 Trainer’s course in early 2013.
As a high school math teacher at St. Ignatius, I love having a job where I learn something new every day and get to help a great group of kids do the same. I’m also a lifelong tennis player and have coached for the past 20 years -- I love competing, setting goals, and making measurable improvement, and I get a real kick out of seeing others improve and achieve their own goals.
Crossfit provides a perfect platform to pursue all of these -- lifelong learning, goal-setting, goal realization, continuous and measurable improvement, and competition. Introducing Crossfit to others and helping them in the box has been a blast. Beyond that, the workout variety and people in the box are just really fun. Prior to Crossfit, I had never stuck with a workout routine for more than two weeks. Since 2010, I haven’t missed more than two days, and I’m excited every time I head to the box to see the challenges and suffering that await.
When I’m not teaching, coaching, or plodding through WODs, you’ll find me playing table tennis with my son Ian, (or, perhaps, bribing him to work some more math problems), or pestering my wife Francisca for back rubs. The final member of our family, Momo, doesn’t do Crossfit, but only because they don’t offer it for dogs.
Scott started his Crossfit adventure September 2011 as an anniversary gift from his wife. He entered Crossfit as an entry level runner, with no experience in strength training. Scott has enjoyed the Crossfit’s challenges and decided to become a Certified Level 1 trainer. Scott’s favorite thing about Crossfit is overseeing and assisting in the transformations of each individual member as they ease into a healthier lifestyle. Scott has always been active, enjoying golf and playing hockey, however he credits Crossfit for helping him to completely reconstruct his lifestyle, aiding him in losing over 100 pounds. He believes true success stems from the lessons learned throughout the process of achieving your goals. Scott was raised in Rocky River, and currently resides in Fairview Park with his wife, Nancy, and show dog, a Boston Terrier, Dexter. When he is not participating in Crossfit, Scott spends his time with his family, running, golfing, or finishing his never ending honey do list.